Creative Relating: CPD group (online for 2021)

Apply now for one of two places available in this ongoing professional development group for gestalt therapists with Kirsteen. 


Due to Covid, the group will be meeting online in 2021, for five part-weekends over the year (dates/times below). Members may miss one of these modules without paying. The aim of this structure is to provide sufficient nourishment, support and contact whilst minimising online fatigue. We aim to return to meeting quarterly in person in Edinburgh for full training weekends when the Covid-risk is sufficiently low and government guidance permits. We hope this may be in 2022. 

This group offers support for:

  • deepening your presence and flow

  • supporting your creativity as a therapist

  • expanding your relational range

  • integrating and embodying gestalt theory, and learning from diverse therapeutic modalities and spiritual approaches

  • further developing your unique therapeutic style

  • enhancing your embodied relational approach to gestalt therapy

  • deepening your relationships with group members

  • being part of a vibrant learning community where there is support to take manageable risks for growth

We include experiential, theoretical, group process and skills-based work according to group need and interest. At times, we work with a range of creative media (e.g. sound, movement, puppets, objects, art materials). We aim to co-create a culture which supports connection, growth and learning, in which group members can bring their learning needs, and receive both support and challenge.

There is a maximum group size of 10. Group members must have completed a core training in gestalt therapy and be working with psychotherapy clients. All group members are asked to commit for a calendar year (a minimum of 4 modules) at a time, and new members begin at the first module of each calendar year. Each module attended in 2021 can be counted as 6 hours CPD.

If you would like to discuss the suitability of the group for you, or have any queries, please contact me. 

Dates, times and cost: 2021

  • Dates:  30-31 January;  20-21 March;   5-6 June;  11-12 September;  6-7 November

  • Times:  9.00 am - 12.30pm each day (including a break).

  • Cost:    £550 for all 5 modules, or £440 if only 4 modules are attended. The year's fee is payable as a single instalment in advance of the first weekend, or in £110 instalments payable by the start of each module.

To apply

Please click here to download an application form and email your completed form to Kirsteen at Following an offer of a place, a non-refundable deposit of £110 will be required to reserve your place. This will be deducted from the cost of your first year in the group.

Training enquiries

I welcome enquiries to run introductory, diploma-level and postgraduate workshops and training

in the UK and abroad.

I am an experienced, creative freelance trainer. I am skilled at offering training which supports participants to integrate experiential, theoretical and skills-based learning. I have offered training to experienced and trainee counsellors and psychotherapists from many modalities,  to voluntary sector staff and to other groups. This has included ten years offering diploma and post=diploma training at Edinburgh Gestalt Institute, as well as providing training workshops at Manchester Gestalt Centre, the PF Counselling Service, and in private practice.  

I have particular interests in the topics of joy, spirituality, presence and shame; I also enjoy teaching most aspects of gestalt psychotherapy including dimensions of therapy shared by all therapeutic modalities.

I aim to offer training that is responsive to participants needs, speaks to people with a range of learning styles, and supports participants to integrate creative experiential approaches with contemporary theory. I mix carefully considered structure with space for emergent process and exploration. I focus on both individual and group level process, to support learning and working at relational depth.

Please contact me if you would like to discuss the possibility of me facilitating training for you or your organisation.

  • 'Call and Response: working relationally with risk of suicide, self-harm and self-destructiveness. 1 day workshop, PF Counselling Service, September and November 2019


  • 'Shame and Connection' 1 day workshop, PF Counselling Service, March and June 2019​​


  • 'Joy in counselling and psychotherapy' 1 day workshop. PF Counselling Service. September and October 2018.


  • 'Creativity in counselling and psychotherapy' 1 day workshop. PF Counselling Service. November 2017, February 2018 and March 2018.

  • 'Playing: possibility, transformation and the unexpected'. 2 day workshop. Edinburgh Gestalt Institute, August 2017.


  • 'Power and connection', 2 day workshop, Edinburgh Gestalt Institute. August 2016.

  • GPTI annual conference keynote speech 2016: 'Joy and Satisfaction'. Lancaster.

  • 'Holding: working with attachment in therapy'.  2 and 3 day workshops in Manchester and Edinburgh

  • 'Working with trauma'. 2 and 3 day workshops in Manchester and Edinburgh

  • 'The phenomenology of joy: welcoming the light'.  2 day workshop, Edinburgh Gestalt Institute. 2015

  • 'Introduction to gestalt.  1 - 2 day workshops; 2 hour inputs on training courses for various modalities

  • Public dialogue on psychotherapy and relational working with Clare Hill (process oriented therapist)

  • Public dialogue on love in the psychotherapeutic relationship with Jim Flowers (person centred counsellor)

  • Public dialogue on spirituality and psychotherapy with John MacFadyen (core process therapist)

  • Quarterly accreditation preparation group 

  • Weekly psychotherapy group

  • Diploma-level gestalt psychotherapy training modules over the past 10 years, comprising all aspects of the 4-year GPTI core curriculum, and preparing trainees for UKCP registration

Previous events

​These include:

  • Ongoing CPD group 2-day modules: 'Working creatively with sound', 'Gestalt in a time of pandemic', 'Character styles and enduring relational themes', 'Nature and Working Outdoors', 'Working with the Shadow', 'Spirituality and Presence', 'Working with Transference',  'Shame and Connection', 'Presence', 'Support' and 'Field'. 

'I beg you, be patient toward all that is unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves like locked rooms and like books which are written in a very foreign tongue. Do not seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.'   Rilke